Friday 8 September, 2017
Another look at pronominal resolution in bilinguals. Evidence from Portuguese -German and Portuguese-Spanish bilingual children and teenagers.
Authors: Esther Rinke & Cristina Flores
The present study aims at analyzing both the role of the dominant language and the syntactic features constraining the heritage speakers’ performance in the interpretation of null and overt pronouns. 54 children and teenagers in the age span of 9 to 16 years were tested (age-matched monolingual speakers of EP, heritage speakers of EP whose dominant language is German and heritage speakers with Spanish as dominant language. Additionally a group of 18 monolingual adults was included as control group. Results reveal that HSs’ grammars do not diverge qualitatively from native grammars (i.e. they show the same interpretation bias for null and overt pronouns), but heritage speakers seem to have more difficulties in integrating syntactic, semantic and pragmatic information in anaphora resolution. Potential differences between monolingual and bilingual speakers are not due to the influence of the dominant language, since German- and Spanish-dominant heritage speakers do not differ from each other.
08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”
Place:Sala George Bernanos
Oral presentationComparing Spanish Heritage Speakers with Different Dominant Languages: the Influence from Dutch and English on Subject Position.
Speaker: Aafke Hulk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Speaker: Brechje van Osch, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Oral presentationInput overrides attrition: Verb agreement of developing L2 and heritage Spanish bilinguals in dual immersion
Speaker: Julia Herschensohn, Univeristy of Washington
Speaker: Ana Fernandez Dobao, University of Washington
Oral presentationSemantic universals in the article choice of heritage speakers
Speaker: Gulsen Yilmaz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Plenary LectureGradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance
Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University